Like in Week 2, the Packers will face the Lions without Kenny Golladay in Week 14.
For the second time this season, the Green Bay Packers will face the Detroit Lions without their star wide receiver Kenny Golladay.
The Lions have ruled out Golladay for this Sunday’s game due to a hip injury.
Golladay is a great wide receiver when healthy and has caused some problems for the Packers in the past. He’s only played against Green Bay four times but has 371 receiving yards with two touchdowns in those games.
Golladay was a 1,000-yard receiver in both 2018 and ’19, and he led the NFL with 11 touchdowns last season. But the Lions’ star receiver has missed a lot of time this year, only playing in five games.
One of the games he missed was in Week 2 against the Packers. Without Golladay, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw to nine different receivers, finishing the game with 244 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
With Golladay out, veteran receiver Marvin Jones and talented second-year tight end T.J. Hockenson will be the focus for Mike Pettine’s defense when Stafford drops back to pass.
Hockenson led the Lions in receiving in Week 2 with four catches for 62 yards. Jones had four catches for 23 yards and a touchdown but has been impressive when Golladay has missed time this season.
In the past four weeks, Jones has 26 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns. It’ll be interesting to see whether Pettine has Jaire Alexander follow Jones throughout this game.
Even without Golladay, Jones and Hockenson have been a good receiving duo for Stafford this season, combining for 103 receptions, 1,233 yards, and 11 touchdowns. Those numbers are almost evenly split between the two of them.
Detroit currently ranks 11th in passing offense, so this will be a tough test for Green Bay’s pass defense. However, missing Golladay again this week is clearly bad news for the Lions.
Now the focus is on slowing down Jones and Hockenson.